UPDATED: 7/20/17 6:04pm CT
WICHITA, Kan. – With a mixture of perennial contenders, local teams, and fresh faces, the 30 team field for the 83rd NBC World Series powered by Westar Energy has been set with the final teams qualifying to represent their leagues in 2017 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita.
The Santa Barbara Foresters, the 2016 champions, lead a pack of five California based squads. The Inland Empire Golden Bears and the Fresno A’s will represent the Golden State in the First Week. The San Diego Force and San Diego Waves will join the fray of Championship Week with the Foresters.
The runner-up from 2016, Hays Larks, will also be back leading a competitive pack from the state of Kansas. The Kansas Stars, a collection of former Major League players will be making their second consecutive appearance in Championship Week. Frequent attendees, such as the Liberal Bee Jays, Derby Twins and Wellington Heat have punched their tickets to Championship Week as well. The Mulvane Patriots, 316 Elite and a couple of teams that will be determined will round out the competitors in First Week.
The 2017 field will see eleven, and potentially fourteen total, new teams making their NBC debuts. The Hattiesburg Black Sox (MS) have been in operation since 1941, but will come to the World Series for the first time. The Northwest Boom (AZ) will be coming out of the Sun Belt Collegiate League. Among those making their debuts in Championship week will be the San Antonio Angels (TX).
Also, new to the NBC will be the USA National Team, represented by the University of Iowa, who will be preparing to represent the United States in Tokyo at the World University Games in late August.
For a complete list of the 30 team field at the 83rd NBC World Series powered by Westar Energy as well as they breakdown of First and Championship Week participants, visit https://nbcbaseball.com/2017-field/
The 83rd NBC World Series will be played July 22–August 6, with all games being played at Historical Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. To order individual game tickets go to www.selectaseat.com or call 316-977-9400.
About NBC: The NBC World Series is the largest and the oldest continuous sporting event in the United States. This non-profit 501c(3) foundation operates under the supervision of a 16-member volunteer board of directors. To learn more visit www.nbcbaseball.com.
Contact: Tim Slack